What We Do
The Library Foundation is a lean, nimble nonprofit that expands the reach and innovation of our great library. Last year, librarians reached more than 210,000 children and adults with life-changing programs, books and literacy initiatives made possible by gifts from individuals, foundations and businesses.
We focus on three key areas: early literacy, school age success, and learning for life. Gifts to the foundation are used to expand the library’s reach to children and adults in every neighborhood and school district across our community.
The Library Foundation does not support the library’s basic operations. Instead, we work with the library to determine where private support can expand the library's work, making a life-changing difference for children and families, particularly children and families at-risk. The Library Foundation is the nonprofit designated by library management to receive bequests and planned gifts that benefit Multnomah County Library.